AN Olympic rowing legend paid a visit to children at two schools to raise the profile of sport.
Sir Steve Redgrave visited Northfield School and Sports College, in Thames Road, Billingham, and also Prior’s Mill Primary School, in Clifton Avenue, Billingham, much to the delight of staff and pupils.
His visit was to celebrate the huge success of the Sporting Promise programme, an initiative encouraging more young people to take part in PE and school sport.
Sir Steve was joined by Hartlepool’s Amanda Coulson, British boxing champion in 2011 and Youth Sport Trust ambassador, to meet the students and take part in some alternative sports that are part of the programme.
The pair tried out Ultimate Frisbee and Street Cheer with the older students, and were then joined by the excited pupils from Priors Mill for a gymnastics master class.
Some lucky pupils were also offered rowing tips from Sir Steve, 52, a five times Olympic gold medallist in the sport.
He told the Mail: “If we are to become a healthier, more active nation then we must encourage and inspire school children to develop an interest in PE and sport.
“I’ve seen some really good young athletes here which is excellent.
“Sport has so many benefits and boosts confidence as well as health.”
Amanda said: “Getting more young people involved in PE and sport is so important.
“It has been great to see the young people trying different sports and seeing some of the younger children involved in a fantastic gymnastics display.”